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Thursday, December 1, 2016

New Orleans short-term rental laws get final vote

Posted By on Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 4:30 PM

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Following several years of debate, New Orleans officials passed a series of ordinances Dec. 1 to legalize, and enforce, short-term rentals. With input from Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration, Airbnb and the City Planning Commission, the New Orleans City Council passed several ordinances that amend the city's governing zoning code to include rules for short-term rentals on websites like Airbnb and HomeAway in New Orleans.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The fight for $15 an hour in New Orleans

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 3:00 PM

A New Orleans Fight For $15 protest marches on Rampart Street Nov. 29.
  • A New Orleans Fight For $15 protest marches on Rampart Street Nov. 29.

Sharika Evans grew up working in fast food. But, she said, the minimum wages she's received — at $7.25 an hour — are not enough to support a family, her health care, utilities and her bills, Evans said she was fired from the McDonald's on Canal Street following a Fight For $15 protest at the restaurant earlier this year. She held the doors open to protesters.

Around 5 p.m. Nov. 29, more than 100 service workers and supporters marched, with a brass band, from Armstrong Park on Rampart Street to Canal Street near the McDonald's between Royal and Bourbon streets. Protesters blocked car and streetcar traffic in all directions for nearly an hour and linked arms, demanding $15 an hour and the ability to unionize. Six people sitting at the intersection were arrested but released with citations for obstructing street traffic.

"The pay we get doesn't reflect the work we put into it," Evans told Gambit.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Mid-City Library to open at new Canal Street location Dec. 5

Posted By on Tue, Nov 29, 2016 at 4:06 PM

The Automotive Life Insurance Building on Canal Street, which will reopen as the Mid-City branch of the New Orleans Public Library Dec. 5. - KEVIN ALLMAN
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  • The Automotive Life Insurance Building on Canal Street, which will reopen as the Mid-City branch of the New Orleans Public Library Dec. 5.

The Mid-City branch of the New Orleans Public Library, which closed its location in the American Can building Oct. 22, will reopen Dec. 5 in its new home — the Automotive Life Insurance building at 4140 Canal Street. Mayor Mitch Landrieu will attend the opening in the new branch, according to a memo from New Orleans City Librarian Charles Brown. The time of the ceremony has not been set.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

A Very Y@ Speak Thanksgiving

Posted By on Mon, Nov 28, 2016 at 6:26 PM

Sidney "Has Claimed 'Garbage King' Title Unironically" Torres, the New Orleans Saints being exceptionally petty, and an unfortunate cranberry plate of cranberry sauce, all in this week's edition.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Y@ Speak: this week in cake

Posted By on Mon, Nov 21, 2016 at 6:33 PM

Baby New Year has arrived to greet the regime of our president-elect (and waves of white nationalism and hate crimes): baseball-playing Mitch Landrieu-as-Baby Huey will wear the diamond diaper (RIP, Zephyrs, you gentle breezes you). And a crude joke in cake-form adds another sexist badge to Baton Rouge. Also in this week's edition: the beefing of the Saints and resurrection of Not Bobby Jindal.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Cash Money celebrates 20th annual turkey giveaway

Posted By on Wed, Nov 16, 2016 at 12:50 PM

Bryan and Ronald Williams on the cover of Billboard's 2012 Urban Power issue.
  • Bryan and Ronald Williams on the cover of Billboard's 2012 Urban Power issue.

Cash Money Records co-founders, brothers Ronald "Slim" Williams and Bryan "Birdman" Williams," started a turkey giveaway for New Orleans families in need at Thanksgiving in 1996. Over the last 20 years, the label exploded from local phenomenon to massively influential international success. Through their Johnny and Gladys Williams Foundation, named after their parents, the brothers have continued the turkey giveaway, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

The annual event returns 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22 at New Home Ministries (1605 Carondelet St.). Giveaways are from 2 p.m.-6 p.m.

"For us, it all comes down to charity," Ronald "Slim" Williams said in a statement. "The moment that we had the resources and blessings to give back, we did. 1996 was an important milestone for the label as we received the opportunity to do something good for our city. The giveaway is part of our who we are as a company and a family, and it will be forever.”

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Monday, November 14, 2016

President-elect Y@ Speak

Posted By on Mon, Nov 14, 2016 at 6:30 PM


Election night. The night after. The night after that. And the week after that damn election. America New Orleans, these are your tweets.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Hundreds rally, march against Trump for a second night in New Orleans

Posted By on Thu, Nov 10, 2016 at 10:20 PM

A Nov. 10 march ended at Lee Circle.
  • A Nov. 10 march ended at Lee Circle.

A second night of protests in New Orleans attracted hundreds of people marching through the French Quarter and organizing future protests and community action in the wake of Donald Trump's presidential election. A Nov. 9 march — in solidarity with thousands of other Americans in several U.S. cities the day after the election — attracted media scrutiny for graffiti and vandalism. The group at the Nov. 10 protest admonished the vandalism, which the group attributed to a handful of people who acted out of step with most of the protestors marching that night.

Tonight's march through the Quarter, including two passes down Bourbon Street, gained supporters (and a few middle fingers and boos) as it wound from Lee Circle and back with police escorts blocking traffic. One couple in Denver Broncos jerseys cheered the group as it passed the CBD, then joined in.

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The party and protest: Election Day and aftermath in New Orleans

Posted By on Thu, Nov 10, 2016 at 12:45 AM

Hillary Clinton, mounted to a box of tissues, at Twelve Mile Limit on Election Day.
  • Hillary Clinton, mounted to a box of tissues, at Twelve Mile Limit on Election Day.

On Nov. 4, 2008, a crowd spilled out of One Eyed Jacks and onto Toulouse Street. Inside, a shoulder-to-shoulder audience of a few hundred people watched, through tears, as then-President-elect Barack Obama embraced his family and Vice President-elect Joe Biden while DJ Soul Sister blasted Parliament.

On Nov. 8, 2016, on the dance floor at One Eyed Jacks, a dozen people quietly sat behind a few small tables. A few others stood at the bar. A screen above the stage ticked a few more electoral votes to Donald Trump. There were no cheers.

At 8 p.m., a crowd — in solidarity pantsuits, homemade "Nasty Woman" T-shirts and patches and pins — packed into Twelve Mile Limit in Mid-City, turned to CNN as early voting returns started painting the map. Boos for red states. Cheers for blue ones. Cheers for Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth's election to the Senate. Boos for Marco Rubio's reelection to the Senate in Florida.

Crowds across town gathered for watch parties as the polls closed, high off the momentum from voting and in the company of friends, comparing TV results with updates on Twitter. Less than 24 hours later, a Trump effigy burned at Lee Circle.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

On the Clock: Rodney Thomas, Harrah's New Orleans Casino table games dealer

Posted By on Tue, Nov 8, 2016 at 2:11 PM

Rodney Thomas deals table games at Harrah's New Orleans Casino.
  • Rodney Thomas deals table games at Harrah's New Orleans Casino.

At 12:45 p.m. on a Wednesday afternoon, Rodney Thomas is dealing roulette. Three men  —  one with a Budweiser, one with a brown cocktail in a plastic cup  —  are saddled up in the chairs surrounding the felt-covered table, clearly having a far better time than anyone is generally entitled to on weekdays. Though Thomas just stepped up to the table a few minutes ago, relieving another dealer who was on duty, he’s already formed a bond with the guys. He says something that makes them break up in guffawing, backslapping laughter, before they turn their attention to the table's grid of worn-in numbers, ready to stack their chips in enigmatic patterns.

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